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TodayFri, 23rd Jun 2017

  • News Here's Your First Taste Of Grant Kirkhope's Contribution To Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

    Former Rare man has outdone himself yet again

    Nintendo fans were excited to finally hear the confirmation that Grant Kirkhope (known for his work on Banjo Kazooie, Goldeneye, and Donkey Kong 64) would be producing music for 

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Music
    • Grant Kirkhope
  • News Soon You'll Be Able To Wear The Street Fighter II Jeans You've Wanted Since You Were 11

    "The Worlds of Raw Denim & Street Fighter 2 Collide!!"

    Jeans are pretty cool. They're fashionable - despite being invented many years ago - and hard-wearing. But you know what's really cool? Street Fighter II jeans. In a move that we're shocked hasn't happened sooner, clothing line Naked & Famous Denim is teaming up with Capcom to create a line...

    • Video
    • Street Fighter
    • Capcom
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing
  • Video Man Plays Super Mario Bros. In Augmented Reality, Puzzles Bystanders

    For science!

    People are doing some pretty amazing things with Microsoft's Hololens headset, but Abhishek Singh deserves additional praise for his efforts.  Not only has he recreated the first level of Super Mario Bros. in augmented reality, he even dressed up as the famous plumber and tested the stage out in New York's crowded Central...

    • Video
    • Super Mario
    • NES
    • Augmented Reality
  • News Sonic The Hedgehog Turns 26 Today

    Happy Birthday, Blue Blur

    Sonic the Hedgehog made his Mega Drive debut 26 years ago today. On June 23rd 1991, Sega's answer to Super Mario arrived on North American store shelves, with the Japanese and European releases following in July. With its incredible visuals and astonishing speed, the game was hailed as an instant classic, and went on to...

    • Sonic
    • SEGA
    • Anniversaries

YesterdayThu, 22nd Jun 2017

  • News Pokémon GO Cheaters Get A Nasty Surprise In The Latest Update

    Niantic wants it to be "a fun and fair experience for all Trainers"

    Pokémon GO's latest update is bringing with it some amazing new features, such as Raid Battles and revised gyms, but it also has a rather nasty surprise waiting in store for any players who have resorted to using third-party apps to track monsters. Any monsters obtained via this...

    • Pokemon Go
    • Pokemon
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
  • News The Metroid: Samus Returns Legacy Edition Looks Fabulous

    Really, just look at it

    Earlier today Nintendo of Europe sent out a press release with details on upcoming 3DS titles, and we covered a couple of new details. One section that caught our eye that we didn't cover initially related to the Metroid: Samus Returns Legacy Edition, which sounds like a super-charged version of the special edition...

    • 3DS
    • Metroid
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    Switch eShop

    Review Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

    Horn of plenty?

    When Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas was unveiled for mobile devices a couple of years ago, it wasn't hard to draw comparisons to a certain iconic Nintendo franchise. Since that time it's enjoyed some success and made its way to other platforms, now including the Switch eShop; the question is whether the transition to dedicated...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Oceanhorn
  • Nintendo Download 22nd June (North America)

    Ever Oasis! Oceanhorn! RPG Maker Fes! Fatal Fury 2! More!

    It's that time again, fellow gamers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week has some high profile arrivals on both Switch and 3DS, varying from retail games to intriguing download-only titles. Let's get to the details, shall we? Nintendo Switch eShop: Oceanhorn:...

    • Nintendo Download
    • North America
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • 3DS eShop
  • News Sega Forever Launch Marred By Terrible Emulation

    "This feels kinda like watching a trainwreck unfold"

    Yesterday with joyous glee we reported that Sega Forever had launched on smart devices, and we touched on some comments from Sega Networks' chief marketing officer Mike Evans about the possibilities of bringing the collection of games to Switch as they are built using Unity. However, it...

    • Sega
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
    • Retro
    • Sega Forever
  • News Former Metroid Prime Designers Talk About What They Want From A New Metroid Game

    "The isolation, the wonder, and the fear"

    Metroid turns 30 this year, and the news has been marked in the best way possible by not one but two new titles in the franchise. Metroid Prime 4 and Metroid: Samus Returns are certainly worth getting excited about, but former Metroid Prime designers Kynan Pearson and Mike Wikan have more ambitious ideas for...

    • Metroid
    • Metroid Prime
  • Nintendo Download 22nd June (Europe)

    Ever Oasis! Oceanhorn! RPG Maker FES! Runbow Pocket! Demos! More!

    The official press release with all of this week's European Nintendo Download Update pricing and details was a little slow to arrive this week, but we do now have the full line-up. There are some tempting options across Switch, 3DS and Wii U, along with some Sonic-themed discounts and...

    • Nintendo Download
    • Europe
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • New Nintendo 3DS
  • Random Ease The Pain Of Sega Forever's Botched Launch With This Official Cereal

    FREE GIFT INSIDE

    Sega Forever has finally launched after weeks of speculation, and sadly, it's not had the best of starts. Dogged by poor emulation, the games released so far may be free to download and play, but they're a long way from being the best way to experience such classic titles. While Sega clearly has some work to do in order to bring...

    • Random
    • Sega
    • Sega Forever
    • Features
    • Retro
  • News Nintendo Apologizes for Switch Shortages, Promises an Increase in Production

    Miyamoto's plucking more Pikmin out back as we speak

    It’s a well-trodden discussion at this point that Nintendo Switch hardware is exceedingly difficult to come by; unless you happen to visit a store early in the morning when a new shipment comes in, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be hard pressed to find one on shelves. This is something...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hardware
  • News The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Looks Set for Late November Release

    Amazon makes the Link

    When Bethesda showed off the latest Switch trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim during E3 it focused on amiibo support and motion controls, but shied away from giving a formal date. With the official Nintendo site now listing it for 'Holiday', it seems Amazon has had a whirl at giving the exact arrival time. Amazon.com...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Skyrim
  • News Minecraft On Switch Will Also Get The Super Duper Graphics Pack

    Super!

    Minecraft is getting a big update this year thanks to the "Better Together" initiative which looks to unify all players across as many systems as possible - and that includes Switch. However, this news was just one part of Microsoft's E3 presentation - it also spent a lot of time talking about the Super Duper Graphics Pack, which drastically...

    • Minecraft
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News SwitchCase Hopes To Give Your Switch More Comfortable Grips

    The grips are replaceable too

    Do you find that the Switch is uncomfortable to hold in prolonged gameplay sessions? If so the SwitchCase Kickstarter from Skull & Co. might be an answer. Made from soft TPU material, the idea is that it's easy to slot on, with two different styles of grips to make the Switch much more comfortable to hold...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Kickstarter
    • Cases
  • News Nintendo's Shinya Takahashi on Producing New IP

    "Is it something that needs to be in a Mario game?"

    It seems like with every new generation of hardware, Nintendo fans are always hoping the company will create some fascinating new IP to bring fresh ideas to the table. Sometimes—as is the case with Splatoon—a new IP pays big and cements itself as a worthy addition to Nintendo’s collection,...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Software
  • News Nintendo Aims to Keep Switch Hot With 'Drumbeat' of Games and Strength of Concept

    Will support cross-platform multiplayer when it's a good fit

    When it comes down to the Nintendo Switch and its strategy for success, the big N can point to early results and claim to have got it right so far. Of course, a strong start means little without long-term sales, which was a core focus in an interview that Nintendo of America corporate...

    • Nintendo Switch
  • Video This Year's AtGames Sega Genesis Flashback Console Looks Much Improved

    720p, Filters, save states and much more besides

    It's fair to say that AtGames doesn't have the best reputation in the realm of clone consoles - which is somewhat ironic when you consider the company has been doing this for years now. Its systems are typically marred by poor emulation, terrible AV output options and ropey audio, but it's trying to...

    • Video
    • Retro
    • Sega
    • AtGames
    • Hardware
  • News Monster Hunter Stories Will Roar Onto 3DS in Europe on 8th September

    The wait will finally end

    Capcom and the Monster Hunter series are touchy subjects right now for Nintendo fans, but there is now a firm release date for the next 3DS title in the IP in Europe. As part of a press release outlining 3DS titles coming this year, Nintendo of Europe confirmed a release date of 8th September for Monster Hunter Stories;...

    • 3DS
    • Monster Hunter
    • Capcom
  • Random Switch Game Cards Are Tough Enough To Survive A Spin In The Washing Machine

    "Amazingly it booted up without issue."

    If it's not enough that those cute little Nintendo Switch cards have to endure frequent licking to see if they really do taste as bad as everyone says, to add insult to injury now one of these beloved game cards has been put through a washing machine cycle and come out of the other end almost intact. Reddit...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Random
    • Mario Kart
  • News Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy Due This Fall in North America

    That's one puzzle solved

    It's been too long since we last had a Professor Layton game, and though that era in the series has passed we do have Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy to look forward to. The good news is that it's not too far away, with Nintendo of America confirming that it'll arrive in the region...

    • 3DS
    • Layton
  • News You Can Design a Character for Flipping Death on Nintendo Switch

    Curse that Doctor Laser!

    Flipping Death, from Zoink Games (Stick it to the Man), looks like another fun title on the way to the Switch eShop. Adopting a similar style to the aforementioned Wii U title, it'll have you solving puzzles and adventuring while flipping between two sides of reality. Zoink Games is now relaunching its 'ZEO' (Zoink...

    • Switch eShop
    • Flipping Death
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    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Last Resort

    It's the shooter Morrissey would play

    Given how popular "shmups" were during the late '80s and early '90s it's odd that the Neo Geo didn't have more of them, but the few it did play host to were generally amazing. Blazing Star and Pulstar instantly spring to mind when talking about the genre on SNK's system, but there are many fans who hold a candle...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Switch eShop
    • Neo Geo

Wednesday21st Jun 2017

  • Guide How To Use A GameCube Controller With Your Nintendo Switch

    Going old-school

    Own a Nintendo Switch? Fancy using your classic GameCube controller with it? Well, thanks to Mayflash's GameCube Adapter you can now achieve this interface dream. The catch is that the adapter needs to be updated with new firmware (this only works on PC at the moment, you can't use a Mac to update it) and that you can only...

    • Guide
    • Nintendo Switch
    • GameCube
    • Retro
    • Mayflash
  • News The Big Pokémon GO Update is Being Rolled Out Now

    Time to reinstall

    Just a few days ago, Niantic revealed what is arguably the biggest update to Pokémon GO yet, completely revamping gyms, adding in new items and gym badges, and adding Raid Battles. It was known that this update would be done in stages which would be dripped out over the “next few weeks”, but it seems that the update process...

    • Pokemon Go
    • Mobile
    • Updates
  • News Sega Forever Aims To Revive The Company's Past On Mobile, But Could Come To Switch

    From Master System to Dreamcast

    Sega's been teasing its Sega Forever service for a while now, and has recently indulged in a satfisyingly old-school promotional campaign which includes mailing out cassette tapes with classic Sega tunes o

    • Sega
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
    • Retro
    • Sega Forever
  • Watch The Dragon Quest XI Nintendo Direct - Live!

    Time for the series to finally Switch it up?

    Dragon Quest XI is only a month or so from release in Japan on the 3DS along with the PS4, with the portable iteration adopting a different style. That'll no doubt be a feature of this Japanese broadcast, though we hope to see the somewhat mysterious Nintendo Switch version, too. <liveblog...

    • Live Blog
    • Live Chat
    • Nintendo Direct
    • Dragon Quest
  • Video Unboxing and Testing the New Nintendo 2DS XL

    An XL in a tiny box

    The 3DS 'family' of systems has life in it yet, which is perhaps best typified by the upcoming release of the New Nintendo 2DS XL, a system designed to fit into the market between the low-priced 2DS and the more 'premium' New 3DS XL. We've been looking at the orange and white version once again, so below our video man Alex does...

    • 3DS
    • New 2DS XL
    • Videos
  • Editorial Nintendo Switch is About Colour, Fun and Sharing Games, For Those Unsure of Its Purpose

    More than the sum of its parts

    Nintendo's home console hardware, for the third successive generation, is betting the farm on a concept rather than raw graphical power. After the blend of power and concept (if a cube with a handle counts as a concept) saw the GameCube struggle (compared to its predecessors), Nintendo shifted focus with its home...

    • Features
    • Editorial
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Say Hello To Allan Alvarez, Perhaps The Greatest Mario 64 Player Ever

    And he was only a baby when it was first released

    For many players, speedrunning is the ultimate way to show off your skill. While certain games require talent to remember movies or perfect strategies, the art of speedrunning arguably calls for even greater concentration and focus, with the smallest mistake costing valuable seconds and potentially...

    • Retro
    • Super Mario 64
    • Speedrunning
    • N64
  • News EA is Focused on Nintendo Switch Portability and "Exploring Other Products"

    "We love the mobility of the Switch"

    The nature of the Switch hardware means it'll be approached in different ways by various developers; as far as EA is concerned, the system is primarily a portable. That's been the pitch for FIFA 18 on the system, a bespoke iteration that'll supposedly be the most 'advanced' portable entry in the series. To a...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • EA
    • FIFA 18
  • News Hori Unveils Another Nintendo Switch Headset for July, With Plenty of Wires

    Keeping you wired for fun

    With Splatoon 2 getting ever closer we're expecting more information about the game in the coming days and weeks; alongside that, many are assuming the first version of the smart device voice chat / lobbies app will come out alongside the game. A 'limited' version of the app is still due in 'Summer', which is any time over...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Hori
  • News ARMS and Nintendo Switch Lead the Way in Japanese Charts

    Switch titles lock out software top 3

    The Media Create Japanese chart results are out, and this week has some interest for Nintendo fans courtesy of the debut of ARMS. Nintendo's new IP claimed number one spot and passed 100,000 sales, though that's well below the figures we saw for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe when it arrived in late April (it hit over...

    • Japan
    • Charts
    • Media Create
    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • News Snake Pass Update For Switch Adds Time Trial Mode And Lots More

    Noodletastic

    Sumo Digital's slithery physics platformer Snake Pass was a unexpected delight when we reviewed it back in March with solid visuals, unconventional gameplay, a memorable soundtrack and a decent amount of replay value. While Sumo quickly rolled out a patch after launch to improve the rumble effect in the game, the UK developer will...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Snake Pass
    • Updates
  • News The Legend of Bum-bo Will Likely Be Making its Way to Switch

    From the maker of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac

    It seems that Edmund McMillen—developer of The Binding of Isaac, Super Meat Boy, and many others—has a certain affinity for the Nintendo Switch. After bringing The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ to the platform early in the console’s life, it was recently announced that his upcoming...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
    • The Legend of Bum-bo
  • 28

    Switch eShop / Neo Geo

    Review Sengoku

    Hacked off

    Hamster Corp's dedication to mining the back catalogue of the Neo Geo on Switch is commendable, but it does throw up some issues - namely that as time goes on the company is going to have to dig deeper and deeper into the library of the system, and that means having to endure some less-than-classic titles. While we wouldn't say that...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
    • Reviews
    • Neo Geo
    • Sengoku
  • News The LeSportsac X Nintendo Collection Introduces Some Neat Bags and Accessories

    Sure, why not

    In recent times Nintendo has been stepping up its efforts with merchandise and tie-ins, including Vans shoes and UNIQLO t-shirts. The latest collaboration is with LeSportsac, a company that makes fashionable bags and cases (or so we're told). LeSportsac and Nintendo have confirmed a new collection that's hitting Japan in July and...

    • Nintendo
    • LeSportsac
    • Super Mario
    • Game Boy

Tuesday20th Jun 2017

  • Deals The Best Nintendo Switch Carrying Cases

    Protect your investment

    So you've got your lovely new Nintendo Switch and you're planning to take it out and about with you, to parties and such like. But let's be realistic here, this isn't a seemingly indestructible clamshell design like the 3DS, and you'll want to make sure you protect that precious 720p screen as well as carry some accessories...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Deals
    • Features
    • Cases
  • News Nintendo Switch OS Version 3.0.0 Is Now Live

    And guess what it does?

    Almost every update since launch for the Nintendo Switch has been relatively low key in overall impact, often just bringing minor stability improvements and little else. There was a slight hope that Nintendo might announce some sort of substantial update in its Nintendo Direct at E3, but alas, there was nothing to be heard...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Updates
    • Stability
  • 93

    Switch

    Review Cave Story+

    A catchy Quote?

    Nintendo consoles have, as of late, become a safe haven of sort for indies looking to publish their wares on home consoles. It makes sense, then, that the Switch would receive its own port of one of the most popular indie titles of all time, Cave Story+.  Originally released in 2004 on PC, Cave Story gained popularity and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Reviews
    • Cave Story
  • News Streets Of Rage And Etrian Odyssey Composer Isn't Sure Why The Switch Exists

    "I'm not really surprised by it"

    The name Yuzo Koshiro will be instantly familiar to anyone who has been gaming for the past 30 years. The legendary creator of music for games like Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi, ActRaiser and Etrian Odyssey has been president of Ancient Corp for 27 years now, and during that time he has contributed some...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Yuzo Koshiro
    • Music
    • Sega
  • Video Performance Over Resolution - Digital Foundry Tackles Super Mario Odyssey

    With time for improvements

    When we played Splatoon 2 earlier in the year there was a little disgruntlement that it was running at 720p when docked, with the flipside that it was rocking along at 60fps with nary a dropped frame. That was back in March, yet during E3 Nintendo stated the game is now 1080p docked, and even i

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey
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    Wii U

    Review Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

    War is upon us, at long last

    Just when you thought it was safe to bid farewell to your Wii U, a lone figure appears on the shadowed horizon. Unhindered by multiple delays, primed for war and ready to impress; the horseman cometh. Darksiders originally released back in 2010, and was hailed as a hidden gem of the last generation. While it...

    • Reviews
    • Wii U
    • Darksiders Warmastered
  • News Switch Stock Shortages Cost Nintendo First Place In May's NPD Hardware Charts

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is May's biggest Switch game

    The incredible demand for the Nintendo Switch has enabled it to jump to the top of the NPD sales charts over the past few months but hardware shortages - driven by a lack of components - have cost the system top spot in May. According to the latest NPD figures, the PlayStation 4 was the biggest...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • NPD
    • North America
  • Hardware Review The Analogue NT Mini Isn't Just The Best NES Clone, It's Much More Besides

    FPGA or GTHO

    It's fair to say that the gaming public's interest in clones of vintage consoles hasn't diminished over the past few years; in fact, interest in such hardware is arguably on the rise. We've seen a raft of systems which aim to replicate the performance of retro hardware, including the Hyperkin Retron 5, the Cyber Gadget Retro Freak and...

    • Hardware Review
    • Features
    • Retro
    • NES
    • Analogue NT Mini
  • Random Nintendo GIF Shows Off an Awesome Super Mario Odyssey Chain Chomp Puzzle

    Chomping down

    Nintendo has been upping the ante with more social media accounts over recent weeks and months, with Nintendo Versus (focused on competitive gaming) being a notable example. A lower key example is the Super Mario UK Twitter account, set up during E3 to focus on the mascot (and particularly Super Mario Odyssey at the moment). Its...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey
  • News According to this Teaser the Future of Sega is Gazing Out of Windows Philosophically

    Teasing a new kind of gaming?

    SEGA, or perhaps it'll be Sega, is gearing up for a rebrand and relaunch of priorities as we head towards 2020. The company is seeking to build buzz around its potential change in direction, pitching a localised video teaser on the 'Future of Sega', published via IGN. The original was published in Japanese a month ago,...

    • Sega
    • Video
  • News Yoshio Sakamoto on the Development of Metroid: Samus Returns

    "I’m working on other titles outside of Metroid, of course"

    It was already quite a shock announcement for Nintendo to finally reveal that Metroid Prime 4 is currently being developed, but very few would’ve ever called the follow up announcement that was made in a later Treehouse stream in which Metroid: Samus Returns was revealed. Yoshio...

    • 3DS
    • Upcoming Releases
    • Metroid
  • News Even After 10 Years, Billy Mitchell Still Hasn't Seen King Of Kong

    "On the souls of my children, I haven’t watched it"

    It's hard to believe that The King of Kong is a decade old now. A seminal work in the history of video game movies, it presented a thrilling David and Goliath tale which focused on humble schoolteacher Steve Wiebe's dream of being the world high score holder for Nintendo's arcade smash Donkey...

    • Retro
    • Steve Wiebe
    • Billy Mitchell
    • Donkey Kong
    • Movies
  • First Impressions Showing our Hand in Culdcept Revolt on Nintendo 3DS

    Of dice and decks

    Of all the games we got to try out at E3 this year, one stood out as having perhaps the least likely origin story: Culdcept Revolt. This 3DS title, published by Nintendo in Japan but brought Westward by NIS America, is the latest game in a series that started with a Japan-exclusive game for the Sega Saturn. Combining board game...

    • E3 2017
    • Features
    • First Impressions
    • Culdcept Revolt
    • 3DS
  • News Dodgeball Arena Action Title Rocket Fist Slams Into Switch Next Month

    Dodgeball with rockets

    It seems like every time we load up the UK Switch eShop and check out the Coming Soon page that something new awaits us lately. We've got Oceanhorn, Bulb Boy, Death Squared and now Rocket Fist to look forward to in the not-too-distant future. Previously announced for

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Death Squared is Confirmed for a 13th July Release on Nintendo Switch

    Be there or die square

    Death Squared is another interesting title heading to the Switch eShop, having previously landed on other current-gen systems and PC. It's a co-op puzzle game that allows up to four players, which will work nicely with the local multiplayer focus of the Switch. Developer SMG Studio has now confirmed a 13th July release date...

    • Switch eShop
    • Death Squared
  • News Danmaku Unlimited 3 Is Bringing Bullet Hell Brilliance To The Switch

    TATE mode confirmed!

    We love a relaxing bullet hell shmup here at Nintendo Life, so we were delighted to hear that Danmaku Unlimited 3 will be heading over to the Switch eShop later this year.  Developed by Doragon Entertainment, a one-man indie game studio based in Vancouver Canada with a passion for old school shooters and Japanese...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Games
    • Shmup
  • News Bitmap Books Announces Officially Licensed NEOGEO: A Visual History

    400 pages celebrating the Rolls Royce of game consoles

    UK publisher Bitmap Books - previously responsible for The Unofficial NES/Famicom: A Visual Compendium and Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection - has announced that its next project is NEOGEO: A Visual History, an officially licensed publication celebrating one of the most iconic gaming...

    • Retro
    • Books
    • Neo Geo
    • Bitmap Books

Monday19th Jun 2017

  • Random Atari Is Working On Its First Home Console Since The Ill-Fated Jaguar

    Say hello to the "Ataribox"

    As one of the founding companies of the video game industry, Atari can be credited with popularising home consoles with its insanely successful VCS / 2600 platform. However, the company should also take the blame for flushing that same industry down the toilet in the early '80s, triggering the infamous "Video Game Crash"...

    • Random
    • Atari
    • Hardware
  • News The Industry Is Stronger When Nintendo Is Strong, Says Sony's Jim Ryan

    "It creates conversation, it creates excitement"

    It's been quite a hectic 6 months for Nintendo. Coming off the back of the commercial failure of the Wii U, the company has been propelled forward by the incredible success of the Switch, which is selling like hot cakes all over the world. You might assume that Nintendo's resurgence would cause...

    • E3 2017
    • Jim Ryan
    • Sony
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News Discord is Interested in Supporting Nintendo Switch, But Don't Hold Your Breath

    Nintendo wants to do its own thing, remember?

    If you asked a sizeable group of Switch owners what voice chat options they want on the system, there are decent odds that quite a few would simply ask for a Discord app. For those of you unfamiliar, it's a popular service that allows players to easily setup groups, friend lists and voice/text chat at...

  • News FUZE Code Studio for Switch To Nurture Next Wave Of Bedroom Coders

    Getting kids coding

    UK-based FUZE Technologies just reached out to let us know that it is bringing its hugely popular learn-to-code platform, FUZE Code Studio, to the Nintendo Switch next year. Since 2013 FUZE has been helping to teach young people how to code using the FUZE personal computer and FUZE Code Studio - an accessible and easy to use...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Upcoming Releases
  • News Pokémon GO's Biggest Update Yet Brings Gym Badges, New Items And Raid Battles

    Coming in the next few weeks

    Niantic has just revealed that it is revamping the way in which gyms work in Pokémon GO and introducing Raid Battles. First up, gyms in the game are being comprehensively overhauled. For starters, it will be possible to claim items from gyms just as you would from a PokéStop. The other big news is that gyms...

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon GO
    • Mobile
    • Smartphones
  • Feature Odyssey of the Damned - A Case Study Into Demonic Possession in Super Mario Odyssey

    Call the exorcist

    The 2017 Electronics Entertainment Expo – colloquially known as E3 – played host to a “Spotlight” event delivered by Nintendo to showcase new software in development by the aforementioned entity. Herein, please find my recollection of the events that transpired immediately following the digital event and my ensuing...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey
    • Features
  • First Impressions Going Medieval in River City: Knights of Justice

    Sir Crash ’n’ the Boys

    Natsume’s E3 showings have always included some sort of farming goodness through their evergreen Harvest Moon games, but for the last two years running we’ve also been treated to fresh installments in Arc System Works’ hard-hitting Kunio-kun series. Previously localised under such varying titles as River City Ransom,...

    • E3 2017
    • 3DS eShop
    • Features
    • First Impressions
  • Talking Point What Social Media Told Us About Nintendo at E3 2017

    Mario and a logo led the way for the big N

    E3 is already drifting into the distant past, by internet standards, as hype deflates and is replaced by real life. Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony all gave the event a solid effort, arguably, with some notable reveals and plenty of online streams to keep gamers' attention. Some of the biggest third-party...

    • E3 2017
    • Features
    • Nintendo
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • News ARMS Grabs Second Place in the UK Charts

    The fourth best Switch title launch to date

    ARMS made its debut last week and it delivered a strong start in the UK market, albeit missing out on being number one. ARMS kicked off its UK all-format charts performance in 2nd place, coming behind Horizon: Zero Dawn; the PS4 title apparently benefitted from ongoing price promotions. The opening sales...

    • UK
    • Charts
    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • News Dragon Ball FighterZ Could Come To Switch If The Demand Is There, Says Producer

    Horsepower isn't the issue

    The world certainly isn't short of Dragon Ball games, but Dragon Ball FighterZ - unveiled at E3 - certainly stands out from the rest. Developed by Arc System Works and sporting a team-based combat system not entirely unlike that seen in Capcom's "vs" series of titles, the PS4, Xbox One and PC title looks set to...

    • E3 2017
    • Dragon Ball
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Feature Ever Oasis Producer Koichi Ishii On Evolving from Classics Like Secret of Mana

    A game where "players can grow and think about what they can do" for others

    The 3DS has been a home for a high number of excellent RPG and adventure games, with those small screens absorbing our attention and taking us into fantastical worlds. The DS had a similar heritage, as the combination of Nintendo portable hardware and sizeable, intriguing...

    • 3DS
    • Ever Oasis
    • Features
    • Interviews
  • News Nintendo Direct for Dragon Quest XI Confirmed for Japan This Week

    Bringing the heat

    It's time to work on our Japanese, because Nintendo Japan has confirmed a Dragon Quest XI Direct for this week. This is likely to promote the upcoming July release of the 3DS version, though naturally plenty will want to see what's happening with the Switch version. You can see the tweet and times below. To translate for you,...

    • Nintendo Direct
    • Dragon Quest XI
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • News 2064: Read Only Memories Bringing Mature Adventure Fun To Switch eShop Next Year

    ROM access

    Midboss have recently announced that they plan to bring their mature cyberpunk adventure 2064: Read Only Memories to the Switch eShop in 2018. It's been well received on PC and PS4 to date and is also headed to Xbox One soon, but perhaps it will be best suited to the Switch's portable hardware so you can puzzle-solve on the move. To give...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Switch eShop
  • Video Tinkling The Ivories With Doremikko, The Famicom's First Piano Video Game

    Welcome to the Magic Forest

    Those of you old enough to have been alive during the NES era may recall seeing adverts for Miracle Piano Teaching System, released in 1990. It aimed to teach kids how to play the piano via the on-screen instructions delivered using the NES itself, but despite its groundbreaking nature, it wasn't the first device of its...

    • Video
    • Retro
    • Famicom
    • Konami

Sunday18th Jun 2017

  • First Impressions Getting Into a Spin With Sonic Mania

    With more than a dash of retro in the formula

    When you remake something creative from the past, who is your audience, exactly? We ask because if you were to stray too far from the source material, you run the risk of alienating the impassioned people who most identify with the original. But on the other hand, if you stick too close to the old...

    • Features
    • First Impressions
    • E3 2017
    • Sonic Mania
    • Nintendo Switch
  • First Impressions Hacking and Slashing with Style in Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star

    Switching Fate

    The Fate/ series spans an impressive range of genres; beginning with an erotic visual novel (!) in 2004, it’s carried its unique narrative brand — focusing on events called Holy Grail Wars — through dungeon crawlers, JRPGs, fighting games, and more. The latest, ambitiously named game in the series — Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Features
    • First Impressions
  • Talking Point How ARMS Can Punch Its Way Into Competitive Gaming

    As long as Nintendo doesn't keep it at arm's length

    In this feature Funké Joseph considers where ARMS can be a breakthrough title for Nintendo in competitive gaming. After hours of sweating buckets during the Global Testpunch, days of watching gameplay previews, and long nights thinking about an ugly green slime man, one thing has become...

    • Features
    • Talking Point
    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS

Saturday17th Jun 2017

  • News Nintendo Infographic Outlines Switch and 3DS Games for 2017

    Draw up those wishlists

    Now that the dust has settled following E3, Nintendo fans can take stock and assess which games they're planning to pick up for Switch and 3DS. The big N, for its part, is happy to help us make those plans. The Nintendo of America Twitter account has posted an infographic showing some of the major releases on the way this...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
    • Upcoming Releases
  • Editorial Nintendo Went Its Own Way at E3 2017, and It Mostly Worked

    Confounds with surprises and quality, but also missing details

    Well, E3 has gone for another year, and it was very much a continuation of the norm. The various press conferences and presentations were the usual mix of exciting games, impressive showcases and some PR bluster. I thought there were some solid efforts from third-parties, with Ubisoft...

    • E3 2017
    • Features
    • Editorial
    • Nintendo Switch
    • 3DS
  • News Famicom Title "Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ōgon Kiseru" Translated to English

    1990 JRPG spin-off includes healthy doses of Ebisumaru

    Despite very few and far between official Western releases, Konami’s “Ganbare Goemon” series has quite a following outside of Japan, a deserved status considering that despite a few ninja duds it is a strong and solid series that made its way across several generations of Nintendo...

    • Retro
    • NES
    • Famicom
    • Konami
    • Goemon

Friday16th Jun 2017

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    Review ARMS

    Mostly armless

    For a company that is so often accused of relying too heavily on its existing franchises, Nintendo has been refreshingly open to creating new intellectual properties of late. Splatoon famously came out of nowhere back in 2015 and established Nintendo as a key player in the online shooter genre, and now ARMS is attempting to perform...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
    • ARMS
  • Video Check Out This Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Mod for Those With Grown-Up Hands

    Handy

    For those of us with small-ish hands - this writer raises a small-ish hand without shame - the Joy-Con controllers are fairly comfortable when slotted into the Nintendo Switch. For those with bigger paws, though, it can be a bit of a cramp to use the right stick comfortably. That's to be expected with various Nintendo controllers and...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Joy-Con
    • Mod
  • Poll What Did You Think of Nintendo at E3 2017?

    Three days to mull over

    E3 is now finished, as thousands of weary attendees head home and we get back to normal life. Nintendo had a presence to varying degrees across most of the week, from limited roles in the early EA and Bethesda blow-outs, to two major Switch reveals during Ubisoft's show and then, of course, three full days in which we had the...

    • E3 2017
    • Features
    • Poll
  • News MercurySteam Elaborates On How It Came To Work On Metroid: Samus Returns

    Hang on, we thought the rumour was "b******t"?

    MercurySteam is working with Nintendo on Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS, arguably one of E3 2017's biggest (and most pleasant) surprises. What makes the game such a shock is that back in 2015, we reported on a rumour that the Spanish studio had pitched a 3DS Metroid to Nintendo, a claim which was...

    • E3 2017
    • 3DS
    • Metroid
  • News Something Big Is About To Happen To Pokémon GO's Gyms

    "Gyms will soon be closing temporarily for remodelling"

    Niantic has announced via its official support page that gyms in Pokémon GO will close for a limited period for "remodelling", which suggests that the developer is about to make some big changes to the game. The message states: Heads Up: Gyms will soon be closing temporarily for...

    • Pokemon
    • Pokemon GO
    • Smartphones
    • Mobile
  • News Creator Of Cancelled Metroid Fan Game AM2R Is Looking Forward To Samus Returns

    "I’m sure it’ll be epic"

    The announcement of Metroid: Samus Returns caused quite a stir at E3, and goes some way to explaining why Nintendo was so heavy-handed with a promising fan-made Metroid tribute a short time ago. AM2R was created by DoctorM64 and, like Samus Returns, sought to remaster the Game Boy outing Metroid II: Return of Samus. The...

    • 3DS
    • Metroid
    • AM2R
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    Switch eShop

    Review Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

    Your wish has been granted

    Shantae: Half-Genie Hero was a standout release on the Wii U late last year, bringing an excellent and whimsical Metroidvania adventure to the platform which we deemed to be arguably the best entry in the Shantae series yet. Given the game’s pedigree and WayForward’s great relationship with Nintendo, it seemed a...

    • Reviews
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Shantae
  • News Doug Bowser Says Nintendo Has Learned A Lot From Demand For NES Mini

    Also, VR still not Nintendo's focus

    E3 is finally over and it's been a strong showing for Nintendo this year. We've seen lots of interviews coming out of the expo from Nintendo's top brass so far, and now it's the turn of Nintendo's Sales and Marketing head, the perfectly named Doug Bowser. Speaking to TechCrunch he had a few things...

    • NES Mini
    • Doug Bowser
    • Nintendo of America
    • E3 2017
  • News Ubisoft's Starlink: Battle For Atlas Isn't Just For Kids, You Know

    "Something funny happened during development"

    Ubisoft's decision to enter the toys-to-life genre just as the smart money is moving out might seem odd, but Starlink: Battle For Atlas is shaping up to be quite a unique entry in this sector. The title uses customisable space ships which are tethered to your controller and can be altered on-the-f

    • E3 2017
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Starlink
    • Ubisoft
  • News Virtual Reality Mario Kart Looks As Much Fun As It Sounds

    You'll have to travel to Japan to play it, though

    Mario Kart is taking a step into the world of immersive VR thanks to Bandai Namco’s spanking new VR Zone in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Mario Kart Arcade GP VR is among several VR "experiences" confirmed this week for the new venue. VR Zone is a "virtual reality arcade" powered by HTC's Vive...

    • Mario Kart
    • VR
    • Japan
    • Bandai Namco
    • Video
  • First Impressions Running Wild in Runner3

    Sprinting to Switch

    An early hit on WiiWare, BIT.TRIP Runner was a favourite at Nintendo Life, combining auto-running rhythm gameplay with retro-styled visuals and hypnotic chiptune music. Its sequel Runner2 was equally well-received, and now developer Choice Provisions is bringing a third installment — Runner3 — to the Switch. We were able to...

    • E3 2017
    • Features
    • First Impressions
    • Nintendo Switch
  • Video Take a Look at Co-Op Play in Super Mario Odyssey

    Cappy takes a starring role

    We reported yesterday that Super Mario Odyssey might have a multiplayer option, and those of you that then watched the Nintendo Treehouse with us through E3 day three will have seen it in action. Not everyone watched all day though, so here's a catch-up. As you can see, using one Joy-Con each the second player controls...

    • Nintendo Switch
    • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Random Should The Rumoured SNES Classic Be In Short Supply, This Modder Could Help

    Nintendo wouldn't do that again though, right?

    Nintendo hasn't officially stated if we're getting a SNES Classic Mini yet, but rumours suggest that it's happening. The company has apparently learned its lesson from the NES Classic and will hopefully, you know, actually make

    • Random
    • Retro
    • SNES
    • Modding
  • First Impressions Leaving Crumbs And Felling FOEs In Etrian Odyssey V On 3DS

    E3's other Odyssey

    ATLUS’ booth at E3 this year was packed full of 3DS RPG goodies, with marquees advertising Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, and Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth. Of those heavy hitters, only Etrian Odyssey was playable, but having immensely enjoyed previous entries in the series,...

    • 3DS
    • Etrian Odyssey V
    • First Impressions
    • Features
    • E3 2017